Surrey Golf

County V Roehampton Saturday 2/4/22

Surrey were represented by:

Ben Palmer, Will Dugdale, Terry Nichols, Jack Kurzberg, Rory Hewitt, Callum Rice, David primrose and Jacob Aaholm

First out was Ben P and Will D up against reigning London Am Foursomes pairing of Scott and Max Stanley, with the home team getting of to a quick start with birdies at the 1st and 2nd surrey were up against it. With the driveable 5th hole both teams in the right greenside bunker short sided but both Will and Max nearly holing out and leaving the shots 6inches from the hole. surrey kept plodding along making pars and through 9 holes had it back to all square. Only to then lose 10 to yet another birdie from the Stanley’s. With Dugdale putter having the speed of the greens but just unable to find the bottom of the cup all morning and in the end, Surrey lost the opening match 3&2.

Next up was Terry and Jack for Surrey against Vince Thorne and Tom Benbow. A tight match ensued with changes of hand in the early stages of the match, but Surrey slowly edged ahead and after back-to-back birdies on 16 and 17 made sure the win for Surrey 3&1.

Next were 2 Surrey Colts in Rory and Callum (late stand in after David Corban who came down with flu) go head-to-head with Callum Hensby and Dave Birn. The Surrey partnership went 3up very quickly in the first 3 holes with some steady golf. The Roehampton pair started to claw back holes with some good birdies however it wasn’t enough to catch the Surrey duo with the Surrey pair claiming a 3&2 victory.

Lastly was David and Jacob up against George Palmer and Leif Skogland, Surrey gained an early lead on the first and lead the match comfortably throughout until victory was sealed on the 16th green. Roehampton fought hard in a good competitive match.

The afternoon singles were played in fourballs and out first was Kurzberg against Scott Stanley with Kurzberg getting off to a good start going 3 up through 3 but momentum in the match quickly flipped after being 4 up and stood on the 13 tee he was only 2 up. However, the afterburners kicked in and with a birdie on the 16th saw a 4&2 victory

2nd out was Palmer against Benbow with a slow start from Palmer going 2 down through 5 holes but slowly found his rhythm and started to hole some putts and turned 1up, with Benbow not giving up and making pars it was a good fight and only birdies would win a hole. Thankfully that’s what Palmer did and eventually won 4&3.

3rd out was Nichols up against Hensby. Nichols started fast in the afternoon and then played friendly golf for the remaining holes before closing out the match for a 3&2 victory

4th out saw 2 university friends go head-to-head with Rory taking on Max Stanley. Max making 4 birdies in a row on the back 9 securing the points for Roehampton in a 5&3 victory.

5th out was Rice playing Thorne who currently holds the course record at Roehampton. With Rice having got a blister after the morning round struggled and had to ask if he could play with one shoe on and one off from the 10th green, he wasn’t willing to give up and fought hard but eventually running out to a loss of 4&2.

6th up for Surrey was Dugdale playing G Palmer, both made a suspect start with double bogies at the 2nd, but Dugdale didn’t drop another shot and had picked up 2 birdies to see the match to an end on the 14th green and a 5&4 victory.

7th out was Primrose of Surrey against Birn, both had played each other on several different occasions. A steady start saw Primrose 1up after 5 against Birn of Roehampton. Gains at 4 of the next 5 holes was enough to see Surrey get a 5up lead. Pars on the remaining holes were enough to seal a 5&4 win for Surrey

8th out was Surrey’s Danish Wonder in Aaholm playing Skogland who is new to the Roehampton team. Skogland was given the chance of redemption from the morning and got of to a good start with birdie on the first but unfortunately would be 3 down through 4 holes with Jacob turning the screws. As the wind would pick up again Skogland was putting up a good fight and at the turn Aaholm was 1up. From there Aaholm decided to play the next 4 holes in 2 under and eventually ran out a 5&4 victory.

Surrey would like to thank Roehampton for their hospitality from the very first moment we arrived. With thanks also to the Catering team and the greens staff as the course was in fantastic condition. We would also like to wish them the best for the season ahead.

Ben Palmer

First Team Captain


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